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The 2018 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition -- The Long List

First of all, thank you to everyone who sent us your words and your adventures. We were impressed with the breadth of experience represented in the more than 400 entries this year from all over the world.

Here is the 2018 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition Long List, by title in alphabetical order. The names of the authors are not included at this point as blind judging is still in progress. If the title of your entry appears on this list, please refrain from identifying your story on social media (although you're welcome to announce that you are on the long list).

A Fighter in the Waste
A Peaceful Warzone
A Town Called Mölln
An Icelandic World
Beyond the Reef
By the River
Creative Side of Afghan Women
Diving in the Big Blue
Finding My Way in Remarkable Rwanda
Floating Hope
Food and Travel: A Love Story
Found Furniture
I really want to smack Julia Childs. (first line)
Jämtland's Triangle
India looks like (first line)
Just Passing By
Little Easter
Leopard Act
Long in the Devil's Tooth
Making a Whip Out of Poo in Romania
Melting in Bogotá
Mother, (first line)
My Name is Mai
Nature's Magic, Mawlynnong
Nicaragua is Trying to Kill Me
No Fences: Archaeology in Mongolia
(Not) Meeting Mom in Guyana
Not Your Mother's Travel Porn
Passing Place
Reluctant Traveller
Repugnant DNA
Saharan Encounter
Seeking Comfort in West Yorkshire
So Much New York!
The Blessed Islands
The Day of the Monkey God
The Dream Palace
The Last Coconut
The Pizzeria at the Edge of the World
The Red Rocks of Utah
The Sulphor Miners of Mount Ijen
Umngot spoke a thousand words
Unknown Lands, Exaggerations
Where East Meets West

Congratulations again to the writers on this list! And thank you to everyone who sent in your travel writing. The quality of writing was high this year as always. The shortlist will be announced near the end of August.

I must be off,


Christopher Allenis the author ofOther Household Toxins(Matter Press) andConversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire). Allen's fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in[PANK], Eclectica Magazine's 20th-Anniversary Speculative anthology,Indiana Review, Split Lip Magazine,SmokeLong Quarterly: the Best of the First Ten Yearsanthology, Longleaf Review and Lunch Ticket, among many others great places. Read his book reviews in Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, and The Lit Pub.His creative non-fiction has been featured inBootsnall Travel, Chicken Soup for the Souland others. A finalist atGlimmer Trainin 2011, Allen is a multiple nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net,The Best Small Fictions,storySouth's Million Writers Award and others. In 2017 Allen was both a finalist (as translator) and semifinalist forThe Best Small Fictions. He is presently the co-editor ofSmokeLong Quarterlyand a consulting editor forThe Best Small Fictions 2018.

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